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Easter egg hunts around Tampa Bay

This weekend is hopping with Easter egg hunts and happenings. Here are six that stand out, with lots more in the accompanying calendar.

1. Easter Bunny Dive at Florida Aquarium

The Easter Bunny will hop right into the water at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. The best part: Save $5 on a child's admission with the purchase of an adult ticket. While you're there, have you or your child's photo taken with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is $19.95 ages 13 and older; $14.95 ages 12 and younger (before discount); $16.95 ages 60 and older. (813) 273-4000.

2. Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

Trade in those Easter bonnets for swimsuits. Hundreds of prize-filled plastic eggs will be tossed into all areas of the pool and pool deck for children to dive (or grab) for. Bring a basket or a bag. Stick around after the hunt for swimming, music and games (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). It all starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. $2 (includes swimming after the event). (727) 363-9264.

3. Easter Fun for the Dog Too, Tampa

Even the family dog gets into the act at this event with a 1-mile fun run/walk, Easter Egg hunt for prizes and candy and a doggie Easter bonnet competition for prettiest, most handsome and most original dog hats. Check in times as follows: 8 a.m. (run/walk), 10 a.m. (egg hunt) and 11 a.m. (doggie bonnet contest). It's all Saturday at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. $25 (one or all three events). (813) 374-2117.

4. Huge Easter Egg Hunt, New Port Richey

Wow, could this hunt really include 50,000 eggs? Also, face painting, bounce houses, train rides, laser tag, movie simulator, balloon animals, candy, child safety fingerprinting, live entertainment. Hunt times: 2-3 years (10 a.m.), 4 years (10:30 a.m.), 5 years (11 a.m.), 6 years (11:30 a.m.) 7 years (noon), 8 years (12:30 p.m.), 9-10 years (1 p.m.) and 11-12 years (1:30 p.m.). It runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 376-7733.

5. Coachman Park Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny arrives on The Bunny Express Choo Choo Train. Egg hunt starts at 12:30 p.m. with 20,000 eggs including some "golden eggs" exchangeable for stuffed bunnies. There's also a petting zoo, train rides, face painting, inflatable slide and bounce houses. Presented by Clearwater Community Volunteers (Church of Scientology). It's noon-2 p.m. Sunday at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free (fee for food and some attractions). (727) 442-2099.

6. Orangutan Egg Hunt

The orangutans go on an egg hunt at 11 a.m. Friday at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Included with zoo admission: $18.95, $17.95 seniors, $14.50 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.

Egg Hunts

Egg-Stravaganza, Clearwater

Age appropriate egg hunts (3 and younger noon, 4-6 1 p.m., 7 and older 2 p.m.), games, crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, balloons, Radio Disney. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Northwood Plaza, 2558 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Free (donations appreciated). (813) 215-9556.

Eggstravaganza, Clearwater

Egg hunt, carnival games, touch-a-truck, food, refreshments and photos with the Easter Bunny. Hunts by age group: 2 and younger 9:30 a.m., ages 3-5 at 10 a.m., ages 6-9 at 10:30 a.m. and ages 10 and older 11 a.m. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. Free. (727) 669-1914.

Eggstravaganza, Largo

Kids pre-school age through fifth grade can search for more than 11,000 eggs hidden in the church sport complex and on the football field. Also, toys, stuffed animals and inflatable bounce houses. Bring a bag or basket. 10 a.m.-noon Sat. First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free. (727) 595-3421.

Easter Goes Green, Largo

Ecofest and Arbor Day celebration collide in this "green" friendly duel holiday event with a free tree give-away, an Easter egg hunt, visits with the Easter Bunny, live music, games, wildlife and environmental exhibits and speakers. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. McGough Nature Park at the Largo Narrows, 11901 146th St. N, Largo. Free. (727) 518-3047.

Easterfest, Seminole

Festival with pony rides, Easter trail egg hunt, Easter Bunny, bouncy rides, games and face painting. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. St. Anne of Grace, 6650 113th St. N, Seminole. $10 all day wristband, individual ride tickets $1 each. (727) 392-4483.

Easter Fun, Treasure Island

The Gulf Beaches Rotary Club and Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce join for this egg hunt for children ages 10 and younger. Wear your best holiday hat for the bonnet contest. Appearance by the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. Sat. Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. Free. (727) 360-4121.

Fun in the Sun, Gulfport

Kids ages 8 and younger bring a basket for an Easter egg hunt with face painting, entertainment and photos with Peter Cottontail. 10 a.m.-noon Sat. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 893-1068.

Egg Hunt, Tampa

Children up to ages 12 can search for more than 1,000 eggs holding candy and prizes. Also, music and games. Hunts are broken into two groups: toddler to 6 years, 7-12 years. 10:30 a.m.-noon Sat. Bay Life Assembly of God, 6923 Sheldon Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 884-3696.

Egga Palooza, Ruskin

Easter-related craft activities, decorative flower potting and games. Kids hunt for plastic eggs, which contain 'Bunny Bucks' that can be exchanged for prizes. Noon-3 p.m. Sat. Hydro Harvest Farms, 1101 Shell Point Road E, Ruskin. Free. (813) 645-6574

Easter Egg Hunt, Tarpon Springs

An egg hunt for ages 2-11 with cash prizes hidden in special golden eggs. Also, visit the Easter Bunny, hear live music by the Next Level Band and activities. Adults are not allowed in the hunt areas. 10:30 a.m. Sat. Tarpon Springs High School, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. Free (some activities and food extra). (727) 418-6219.

Easter Egg Hunt, Temple Terrace

A community egg hunt with crafts, games, prizes and refreshments. Children should bring their own basket and have an adult present. Benefits the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. 10 a.m. Sat. Riverhills Park, 405 S Riverhills Drive Temple Terrace. $3. (813) 985-3533.

Easter Egg Hunt, Feather Sound

Feather Sound Community Church, at 13880 Feather Sound Drive in Clearwater, is hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All activities are free and include: horseback rides, moonwalk bouncing, lunch, crafts, games, egg Hunting, Easter basket drawings and more. Call the church at (727) 573-3544.

Egg Quest, Wesley Chapel

It's an Amazing Race type "egg hunt" for kids. Children get egg maps and hunt for stations set up around the field and gym where they either receive a stamp on their map or an egg with prizes for completing a task. Other activities include coloring contest, face painting, bounce house, Hula Hoop contest, relay, agility contest. 2-4 p.m. Sat. Sports and Field Athletic Club, 2029 Arrowgrass Drive, Wesley Chapel. $5, parents and children one and younger free. (813) 948-5500.

Jelly Bean Fling, St. Petersburg

The Junior League of St. Petersburg's egg hunt for children ages 5 and younger (10:30 a.m.) and ages 5 and older (11:15 a.m.) with crafts, food, prizes, entertainment and photos with the Easter bunny. 10 a.m.-noon Sat. North Shore Park, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $10, $5 children, one and younger free. (727) 895-5018.

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt, Ginnie Springs

Think of this egg hunt as a search for sunken treasure. Snorkelers ages 12 and older can dive down and grab up to three of more than 180 eggs with prizes totaling $1,000. 8 a.m. Sun. Ginnie Springs, 7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road, High Springs. Included in park admission: $12 adults, $3 ages 7-14, 6 and younger free (day pass). (386) 454-7188.

On Land Easter Egg Hunt, Ginnie Springs

More than 6,000 Easter eggs containing toys and candy. Groups include ages 1-5, 6-8 and 9-11. 10 a.m. Sun. Ginnie Springs, 7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road, High Springs. Free. (386) 454-7188.


Eggspo, MOSI

Combine Da Vinci inventions with Easter and you get Eggspo. Celebrate the egg with an egg scavenger hunt, egg toss using a da Vinci inspired catapult and learn how to drop an egg safely. Included with museum admission. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25.95 adults (13-59), $19.95 child (2-12), and $22.45 seniors (60+). Member discounts available. (813) 987-6000.

Children's Theatre

The Whacky Tales Children's Theatre presents The Real Easter Bunny. This 45-minute show features an ensemble of three adult actors performing multiple characters. 4 p.m. Sun. Studio 212 Gallery, 204 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. $6. (727) 515-5380.

Animal Easter Celebration

Donate any size bag of dog or cat food to Casper's Cupboard and get a free picture with the Easter Bunny. Each animal adoption comes with a $25 Walmart gift certificate good for pet supplies. Noon-4 p.m. Sat. Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 876-7138.

Bunny Hop, Tampa

Kids can bounce on six extra large themed inflatables, munch on Easter treats and sip "carrot juice" while their parents surf the net via free WiFi or watch the big screen TV. The Easter Bunny is expected to stop by for photos and to give kids special treats. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sat. Jump!Zone, 12402 Race Track Road, Tampa. $8 (ages 2-10), $4 (1 and younger), parents free. (813) 925-1010.

Eat with the Easter Bunny, Palm Harbor

Join the Easter Bunny for a breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy and more. Also an egg hunt at 9 a.m. Age groups are: newborn-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sat. Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. $5 (includes a photo with the Easter Bunny; $4 (breakfast only). (727) 771-6000.

Eggstravaganza, Tampa

Celebrate Easter with a free breakfast, face-painting, a photo with the Easter Bunny, a children's petting zoo and other fun family activities. 9-11 a.m. Sat. Riverwalk at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Free.

Cotton Tail Special, Parrish

Florida Railroad Museum's annual 2.5-hour event with train rides, Easter egg hunt and the Easter bunny. 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Sat. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E (behind post office), Parrish. $16, $12 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Toll-free (877) 869-0800.

Easter Dinner on A Train, Fort Myers

Hop onto the train for a dinner with choice of turkey or lamb. Bonnet contest for the ladies. Early trip is a family dinner. Evening trip features a murder mystery dinner/show. Noon and 5:30 p.m. Sun. Seminole Gulf Railway/Colonial Station, 2805 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. $34, $24 12 and younger (early ride); $59 (evening ride). (800) 736-4853.

Sunrise Service, Lake Wales

The Rev. Thomas Seitz Jr. of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd leads the service as you watch the sun rise over the horizon atop Iron Mountain. Service concludes with a 30-minute concert by William De Turk on the 60-bell Singing Tower carillon. 7 a.m. Sun. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. Free (6-8 a.m.). (863) 676-1408.

Easter egg hunts around Tampa Bay 03/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 12:57pm]
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